Published on January 11th, 2016 | by I Am Awake0
Declassified Clinton emails show Gaddafi’s gold was motive for Libya war
Newly declassified Hillary Clinton emails imply that Muammar Gaddafi’s vast gold reserves and plans for a pan-African currency were motives behind the US intervention in Libya in 2011.
Clinton had long argued that Gaddafi was set to carry out genocide in Libya, warnings which ultimately persuaded President Obama, NATO allies and the United Nations to authorize a bloody military intervention.
However, the release of over 3,000 pages of the former Secretary of State’s emails suggests what many had suspected all along, that the main purpose of foreign intervention was to halt Gaddafi’s plan to create a united Africa with a single currency backed by gold.
The narrative throughout the Libyan war was that intervention was necessary to prevent a ‘bloodbath’ in Benghazi, the country’s second largest city but those claims were found to be largely exaggerated as data from Human Rights Watch revealed.
False claims of impending Gaddafi genocide
As the Washington Post wrote last year, the intelligence community gathered “no specific evidence of an impending genocide in Libya in spring 2011, undercutting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s primary argument for using the U.S. military to remove Gaddafi from power, an event that has left his country in chaos.”
The Times newspaper reported that the Pentagon and a key Democrat distrusted Clinton’s claims on Libya so much that they went around the State Department and opened their own secret diplomatic conversations with the Gadhafi regime.
The Washington Post wrote: Gaddafi’s son, Seif Gaddafi, told American officials in the secret conversations that he was worried Mrs. Clinton was using false pretenses to justify unseating his father and insisted that the regime had no intention of harming a mass of civilians. He compared Mrs. Clinton’s campaign for war to that of the George W. Bush administration’s now debunked weapons of mass destruction accusations, which were used to lobby Congress to invade Iraq, the tapes show.
“It was like the WMDs in Iraq. It was based on a false report,” Gaddafi said in a May 2011 phone call to Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat serving at the time. “Libyan airplanes bombing demonstrators, Libyan airplanes bombing districts in Tripoli, Libyan army killed thousands, etc., etc., and now the whole world found there is no single evidence that such things happened in Libya.”
An email dated 2 April 2011, shows that sensitive sources with ties to Gaddafi claimed the government possessed vast riches of gold and silver.
“According to sensitive information available to this these individuals, Qaddafi’s government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver,” which were “valued at more than $7 billion”.
It goes on to say that Gaddafi had the intention of creating a pan-African currency which many believed would go against the Euro and the Dollar.
“This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc.”
The email also revealed then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s motives behind entering the coalition which attacked Libya: his desire to gain a greater share of Libya oil production, increase French influence in North Africa, improve his internal political situation in France, provide the French military with an opportunity to reassert its position in the world and address the concern of his advisors over Qaddafi’s long term plans to supplant France as the dominant power in French-speaking African countries.
The belief that the United States’ real motive to intervene in Libya was to put an end to Gaddafi’s hopes of creating a pan-African currency has now been substantiated by the information revealed by the latest declassified Clinton emails.
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